Florence + the Machine unveil the video for “Big God” today—watch it, choreographed by Akram Khan and Florence and directed by Autumn de Wildehere. “Big God” is the third track to be released from Florence + the Machine’s hugely anticipated fourth studio album High As Hope, outJune 29 on Republic Records.

Says Florence:

‘Big God’ was written about that feeling when someone has not replied to your text, the modern phenomenon of ‘Ghosting’ which is one of my favourite words but not my favourite feeling. I was describing it to someone and they said to me ‘You need a big god’, as if the need in me were so cavernous, it would take something enormous to fill it. Probably something bigger than a text message.

It’s always been a very physical song. I saw a dance piece in my head as I was writing it, so to co choreograph something with Akram Khan was a huge honour. Autumn de Wilde fully understood what I was trying to do. The power of the desire within the void, left with yourself to rage and wonder and really it is yourself you are raging against. Not the ghost.

Akram Khan adds:

For me, this encounter with Florence and her powerful song somehow navigated itself towards the element—water. But the direction of the dance also became a resistance to all things that wish to oppress, a sort of protest dance and yet a celebratory one towards a new found freedom.

Furthermore, the band have added additional shows to their 23-city North American fall headline tour, including second nights at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl September 26 and Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem October 6. Tickets are available to the public Friday, June 29. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, June 25 at 12 p.m. local time, through Thursday, June 28 at 10 p.m. local time.

Previously announced dates—on sale now—include New York, Seattle, Portland, Nashville,Philadelphia, Chicago and more. Visit florenceandthemachine.net for more information.

High As Hope was co-produced by Florence and Emile Haynie and features contributions fromKamasi Washington, Sampha, Tobias Jesso Jr, Kelsey Lu, Jamie xx and Thomas Barlett. Watch theA.G. Rojas-directed video for first official single “Hunger” here.


August 5              Montreal, QC, Canada                                                                                Osheaga

August 9                    Lake Tahoe, NV                                 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys*

August 11                San Francisco, CA                                                                        Outside Lands

September 8         Vancouver, BC, Canada                                                              Skookum Festival

September 10                Seattle, WA                                                                                  KeyArena†

September 11               Portland, OR                                                                            Moda Center†

September 14          Salt Lake City, UT                                                                    Maverik Center†

September 15                Denver, CO                                                                     Grandoozy Festival

September 22             Las Vegas, NV                                                                        Life Is Beautiful

September 23             San Diego, CA         Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University‡

September 25            Los Angeles, CA                                                                   Hollywood Bowl‡

September 26            Los Angeles, CA                                                                   Hollywood Bowl‡

September 29                 Dallas, TX                                        The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory‡

September 30               Houston, TX                                     The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion‡

October 2                    Nashville, TN                                                                   Bridgestone Arena§

October 3                    Charlotte, NC                                                                      Spectrum Center§

October 5                 Washington, D.C.                                                                        The Anthem**

October 6                  Washington, D.C.                                                                      The Anthem**

October 9                    New York, NY                                                                       Barclays Center‡

October 12                   Boston, MA                                                                              TD Garden††

October 13                  Uncasville, CT                                                             Mohegan Sun Arena††

October 14                Philadelphia, PA                                                             Wells Fargo Center††

October 16            Toronto, ON, Canada                                                           Air Canada Centre††

October 19                    Chicago, IL                                                                          United Center‡‡

October 20               Minneapolis, MN                                                                      Target Center‡‡

*with Wet

†with St. Vincent and Lizzo

‡with Kamasi Washington

§with Billie Eilish

**with Beth Ditto

††with Grizzly Bear

‡‡with Perfume Genius

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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